Francesco Durante

Italian Born 31 Mar 1684 Died 30 Sep 1755

In 1728 the governors of the conservatory Poveri di Gesù Cristo appointed Durante, aged 44, "primo maestro".

In 1742 he was called to the Neapolitan conservatory "S. Maria di Loreto": this oldest and largest of the four conservatories had been without a "primo maestro" since 1742, when Porpora went on leave to Venice.

During the last ten years of his life he was venerated as the most distinguished of all Neapolitan teachers.

Related composers: Pergolesi

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